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The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have teamed up to announce this year’s line-up for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Joining the list of stars from other music genres is country music’s own Rodney Atkins, who will perform at the tree lighting on Thursday, December 1st at the Ellipse Park in Washington, D.C. Other guests attending the event include Carson Daly, OneRepublic, and even Kermit The Frog. Additional performers and guests will be announced in the coming days.
The event will be webcast live on thenationaltree.org starting at 4:30 pm EST on December 1st with an exclusive National Tree Lighting Pre-Show. The ceremony will also be re-played on television throughout December. For a complete list of air times, check the website above.
The annual event has become a Christmas tradition for many in the United States. It marks the opening of the four-week event sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation. The Tree Lighting Ceremony first took place in 1923 by President Calvin Coolidge, and this year’s event marks the 89th year of the Christmas Tree Lighting.
We were passed along some photos from Rodney Atkins’ IHeartRadio show last Friday and we wanted to share them with you! Check them out below!
November 4, 2011 – Rodney Atkins performs songs from his new album Take A Back Road at an intimate iHeartRadio Live show at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York City. Photo Credit: Jeremy Harris for iHeartRadio.
Country singer Rodney Atkins has been announced as one of the performers at the 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade airs live on NBC on November 24th at 9 am EST, so get up early to watch him! He’ll perform his hits including “Take A Back Road” at the parade.
“I am so excited this year getting to play the 85th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everyone knows on Thanksgiving morning to get up, turn on the TV and watch the parade, so to be an actual participant is going to be fun and I’m looking forward to it. I am gonna have to put on my deer hunting gear though to stay warm!”
Previously announced performers at the parade include Scotty McCreery, Cee Lo Green, Neil Diamond, Cobra Starship, Avril Lavigne and many other stars from all music genres.
Thompson Square has announced the addition of Rodney Atkins and Randy Houser to join them for the Third Annual Josie’s Birthday Bash.
The annual charity concert, created and organized by husband and wife duo Thompson Square, will benefit children living with Cystic Fibrosis. The event will take place at the legendary Wildhorse Saloon on Wednesday, November 16, and will raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The concert will take place from 7:30pm-10:00pm.
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Rodney Atkins has partnered up with Applebee’s to launch the world’s largest ongoing thank you campaign for the United States military. He’s been named the Ambassador of the Thank You Movement, and he officially launched the campaign this morning on NBC’s The TODAY show. Following his announcement this morning, Rodney then performed for a group of veterans and military organizations in New York City’s Times Square. Special guests honored at the performance included members of Pinnacle Five, an organization made up of senior military officials from all branches of the military, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and military.com – the largest military veteran membership comprised of over 10 million members.
The Thank You Movement aims to have ordinary Americans thank the troops and veterans for their service for America. You can submit your messages online at thankyoumovement.com, Applebee’s FaceBook fan page, with the hashtag #thankyoumovement on Twitter, or through YouTube. The website will feature on-going live “thank yous” from across the country and world where Veterans can visit to see.
Rodney Atkins hasn’t talked about his birth mother before..until now. He recently talked about her in an interview with the Associated Press, sharing that he met her in 2008 after he became a spokesperson for the National Council for Adoption.
“It hit me at that moment, walking in that room, getting to know her,” Rodney told AP. “She’s a wonderful, beautiful lady. I realized that the reason I needed to do that did not have anything to do with my parents. I’m glad I did that really, really, really for her. She’s been carrying that around, wondering what happened, and I could tell it was such a relief.”
Rodney told the Associated Press that his birth mother got pregnant at the age of 19 after a disturbing first date. His mother chose to hide the pregnancy from her family and to give him up for adoption.
Rodney was born with a respiratory infection and was given up for adoption when he was a baby, where he lived in a small orphanage. It was there that he was adopted by his parents Allan and Margaret Atkins and was raised in Harrogate, TN.
“I just wanted to tell her thank you, because she had some other alternatives to end that situation,” he tells AP. “I might not be here. So you don’t want to take it for granted. She kept saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ I kept saying, ‘Thank you.’”
You can catch a re-run of GAC’s special Origins: Rodney Atkin on Saturday, October 15th at 10/9c.
Rodney Atkins must be feeling pretty good these days. His fourth studio album “Take A Back Road” was released everywhere today. The album features the title track, a sixth career number one hit, holding the top spot for two weeks in both the United States and Canada. It was his second number one single in Canada. His single has sold over 600,000 copies at almost 40,000 a week. His album features tracks “Cabin In The Woods,” “He’s Mine,” and “Take A Back Road.” Rodney co-produced the album with Ted Hewitt.
To celebrate its release, Rodney is spending the day doing radio interviews from Wrigley Field in Chicago. He’ll throw some pitches for Chicago Cubs players later on in the day, and will mow the field with a Massey Ferguson tractor.
Rodney will be featured on GAC tv on October 12th with his own special on the channel. “Origins: Rodney Atkins” will explore the career of the Tennessee native and the stories behind the songs on his latest album. It will premiere at 10 pm EST on GAC.
See the full track listing for “Take A Back Road” under the “read more” button.
Congratulations to Rodney Atkins and his team at Curb Records for his sixth career number one single last week. “Take A Back Road” went number one, and the music video for the single went live yesterday. Hollywood director Andy Tennant known for his work “Fool’s Gold”, “Hitch,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Fools Rush In,” took a chance with directing his first-ever music video with Rodney. The video, shot in Tennessee, highlights the creativity of the Hollywood director for a new feel for Rodney.
“Rodney Atkins is everything I never knew I always wanted in a country music star; ridiculously talented, soft-spoken and decent, and wonderfully humble,” shares Tennant.
Watch the official music video HERE on CMT. Rodney’s new album will be released everywhere on October 4th, 2011.
Just in case you aren’t sick of all those dance games just yet, Nintendo announced plans to release a sequel to Country Dance for the Wii gaming system. It’s a video game that makes the player get up and move, trying to copy what they see on screen in order to pass levels. It’s one way to get active, and have an excuse to dance a-long to your favorite country music songs.
Artists featured this time around include Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Ashton Shepard, George Strait, and even Eric Church. It’s sounding like a game country music fans will have to try out at least once, right? More artists, songs and features will be announced at a later date as the release date gets closer. It’s real easy to play Country Dance 2, as all you have to do is pick up the Wiimote and match what you see on the tv screen.
For a full list of songs included in the game, click on the “read more” tag. Here’s the trailer for the original Country Dance video game for the Nintendo Wii system.
Rodney Atkins has finally announced a release date for his new studio album. “Take A Back Road” is Rodney’s’ fourth album and will be released on October 4th. The album is named after his hit lead-off single of the same name. “Take A Back Road” is the fastest rising single of his career thus far. He is planning on shooting a music video for the single in the next few weeks out on the road.
“I have put a lot of time into the recording of this album and am excited to say I think it is progressive and representative of who and where I am today, “ said Rodney. “We are thrilled with the reaction of ‘Take A Back Road’.”
Rodney is still on tour, with his next tour stop tomorrow in Beaver Dam, WI at the Dodge County Fair. He will be continuing to tour in support of the album up to its release.